Evening Telegraph

‘Respectful’ service remembers young Black Watch soldier

The Angus branch of The Black Watch Association carried out the annual rededication of its standard at Brechin Cathedral.

The ceremony was especially poignant for one Brechin resident, Rhonna Hampton.

Mrs Hampton’s brother Private Mark Carnie was killed just days away from finishing his first tour in Northern Ireland 40 years ago.

Attendees outside the cathedral ahead of the rededication.

Mark was aged just 18 when he died after a bomb that had been built into a wall was remotely detonated from a block of flats as his foot patrol passed by in Dungannon, County Tyrone.

Mrs Hampton said: “Mark was in The Black Watch, but was attached to the Queen’s Own Highlanders.

“He had always wanted to join the forces as his dad was in the RAF, but he joined the Army.

“He was a fun-loving guy and always liked a joke and a carry-on.

“I was 24 when he was killed and not long married. I was pregnant at the time and my parents came round to tell me what had happened.

“Although it had been on the news, I hadn’t seen it. I was devastated.

“Receiving the invitation to the ceremony did bring it back to me but it is nice he is being remembered and it’s great that fallen soldiers are remembered.”

Mrs Hampton said she was pleased to have attended the event, which she described as “respectful”.

The Lord Lieutenant of Angus, Mrs Georgiana Osborne, who also serves as the deputy president of The Black Watch Association, was guest of honour at the ceremony, which was the last service in the cathedral conducted by the Rev Dr Roderick Grahame, who will shortly transfer to Dundee.